BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT UID:events.uid.6688@www.discovernikkei.org DTSTART:20221014T000000Z DTEND:20230317T000000Z DESCRIPTION:An Exhibit by Brian Kobayakawa and Annie Sumi\nAn anti-racist\, interactive\, multi-disciplinary\, art installation\, ‘Kintsugi’ refl ects on racial identity\, healing ancestral trauma\, and the fragmented hi story of the Japanese Canadian internment. Created with the help of shadow -puppeteer duo Mind of a Snail\, the projections are an overlapping collag e of landscape video footage\, cut-up old letters written by the artists ’ ancestors\, and playful animations. All of the pieces of this installa tion are site-specific. Two of the featured videos are present-day footage of the places where internment camps were built during WWII - one where K obayakawa’s father was born\, and the other where Sumi’s grandfather s pent his youth.\n\n“Quiet now\, there is not a thing besides the low\, h umming sound of the body In my mouth\, chewing on the words I cannot speak to them out loud until I’m ready”\n\nThe creation of each song was an active exercise in developing a spaciousness around the imposed silence o f internment trauma. Directly confronting the experience of reorienting in a post-internment Canada\, the artists dig into the roots of shikata ga n ai - a Japanese phrase meaning “it cannot be helped”. While it’s har d to pinpoint the impact of the internment\, Annie and Brian knew that was only one part of the story they wanted to tell. The artists spent a day i n the studio inviting their parents\, siblings\, and cousins to participat e. They took turns reading the index numbers assigned to their Japanese an cestors and the lists of belongings that were confiscated and sold during the war. Somehow\, hidden in the weight of these words\, there was lightne ss\, laughter and movement\, and the compositions became the fabric for wh ich their ancestors and living relations could be woven together.\n\nWith the help of CBC Radio\, the University of Victoria\, and Landscapes of Inj ustice\, the artists were able to uncover archived recordings\, photograph s\, poetry and documentation about their ancestors.\n\n“I was able to he ar my great-grandfather’s voice for the first time\,” Sumi says. “Li stening to him read haiku felt like he was right there in the room with us .”\n\nExploring the Japanese practice of kintsugi - honouring and embell ishing brokenness - this installation takes the fragmented pieces of self\ , story and culture\, and brings attention to the greater wholeness. ‘Ki ntsugi’ intends to create space for others to reflect upon their own rel ationship to ancestry\, and share about how those stories take shape in th eir present lives.\n\nArtists' Website:\n\n<a href="https://bravakilo.com/ ">Brava Kilo</a>\n\n<a href="https://anniesumi.com/">Annie Sumi</a>\n\n<a href="https://kintsugi-installation.com/">Kintsugi Installation</a> DTSTAMP:20230604T172226Z SUMMARY:Kintsugi Art Show at Toronto's JCCC URL:/en/events/2022/10/14/kintsugi-art-show-at-torontos-jccc/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR